A brief round-up post on several recent items of note.

First, the BISA call for proposals for the 2014 Annual Conference is now live. The Historical Sociology and International Relations Working Group invites panel proposals (not individual papers), of which we can submit up to 5 to BISA. Given the BISA deadline, please email George Lawson with proposals by 22 November 2013.

The conference theme is on ‘A Crisis of Global Governance?’:

With millions displaced in Syria after two years of extreme violence and repression, and an apparent use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, the UN has come under fierce criticism for failing to halt the bloodshed. Meanwhile in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is little evidence of lasting peace and stability, a state of affairs that calls into question the efforts of both the UN and NATO. International institutions have also failed to adequately address other pressing challenges. For example, the G8, G20 and the IMF have failed to avert global economic crises. There has been a collective failure to reach any consensus on meeting the pressing challenges of climate change. And international institutions have failed to protect basic privacy for millions of the world’s citizens. These overlapping crises have called into question the fundamental structures of global governance. Is the UN facing a crisis of legitimacy? Are our international institutions fit for purpose? What are the prospects for reining in state and corporate power where fundamental rights and freedoms are at stake? BISA welcomes paper and panel proposals that address the question of whether global governance is in crisis, from a variety of perspectives, including security, international political economy, gender, human rights, international law and theory.

Second, news of Martin Shaw’s new book, Genocide and International Relations: Changing Patterns in the Upheavals of the Late Modern World, just published by Cambridge University Press, which will be of interest to many:

‘Genocide and International Relations’ lays the foundations for a new perspective on genocide in the modern world. Genocide studies have been influenced, negatively as well as positively, by the political and cultural context in which the field has developed. In particular, a narrow vision of comparative studies has been influential in which genocide is viewed mainly as a ‘domestic’ phenomenon of states. This book emphasizes the international context of genocide, seeking to specify more precisely the relationships between genocide and the international system. Shaw aims to re-interpret the classical European context of genocide in this frame, to provide a comprehensive international perspective on Cold War and post-Cold War genocide, and to re-evaluate the key transitions of the end of the Second World War and the end of the Cold War.

Third, a call for papers from Alex Spencer and Kai Oppermann on ‘Foreign Policy Fiascos’, for the European Workshops in International Studies, Izmir, 21-24 May 2014.

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